The Land Clearance For Redevelopment Authority approved a tax abatement for a 104-unit apartment project at 18th and Holmes, but developer Steve Foutch says the level of abatement was too low to make his project work.
No vote was taken Wednesday by the Kansas City Council Planning, Zoning & Economic Development Committee on an ordinance to change development policy by limiting incentives. The committee will consider more than two hours’ worth of public testimony from Wednesday’s hearing and expects to take up the issue once again in a week.
A federal judge approved $18.9 million in attorneys fees Tuesday in class-action “hot fuel” cases filed against gas stations that did not account for the expansion of gasoline in warmer temperatures. The cases stemmed from reporting done in 2006 by The Kansas City Star.
Late trash pickups have led to a crescendo of complaints this summer, especially in south Kansas City. But surrounding suburbs, including Fairway and Lansing, also have been experiencing trash problems, which stem from a lack of drivers in the area.
The home improvement chain will start taking applications Aug. 31 for its new Belton store at 800 E. Markey. No opening date was released. It also is opening stores in Independence, the Northland and Olathe.
Colleen McCain Nelson, who was a summer intern at The Kansas City Star in 1995, will return this fall as vice president of the newspaper’s editorial board. She received a Pulitzer with two others for their editorials at The Dallas Morning News and currently covers Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The Star also is hiring Eric Nelson, her husband, to head its digital operations. For both, the move from jobs in Washington, D.C., marks a return to roots.
Tax incentives for development projects are a hot topic in Kansas City. A much-discussed ordinance that would limit the level of tax incentives for private projects will get a hearing before a council committee, months after its introduction. But don’t expect a quick vote.
Advances in technology and bag-handling procedures deserve credit for a decline in wayward luggage, including improvements over the years in the bar-coded tags and optical scanners that have long been in use for identifying and sorting checked luggage. But optical-scanning systems have their limits, and the airline industry has been slow to adopt methods used by other industries that need to track items through the shipping process.
RootMetrics said Verizon won all six of its testing categories outright. No ties. It also won 41 statewide tests outright. AT&T was a strong second and Sprint held off rival T-Mobile yet again in overall performance rankings. The results confirm and contradict other testing reports, giving carriers room to market their best showings.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar criticized the sharp price hikes for EpiPens, the emergency drug injectors for severe allergic reactions, saying Wednesday that it's "outrageous" that manufacturer Mylan is making money off of those who have few alternatives.
Bridget Hughes shows her tiny Kansas City apartment where her family of six live. Rents across Kansas City have spiked in the past year with the highest increases occurring in what had been areas with the lowest average rents, meaning that low income renters are feeling the greatest distress. Video by: ALLISON LONG | firstname.lastname@example.org